|A man drinks water while walking on a road in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, Aug. 07, 2013. Hangzhou City saw its highest temperature on Wednesday reaching 41.2 degrees Celsius, hitting a record high. Photo: Xinhua |
Shanghai, China's commercial capital, on
Wednesday experienced its hottest day in at least 140 years, with temperatures
of 40.8 degrees Celsius, breaking the record of 40.6 degrees Celsius set on July
Xinhua, China's official news agency, reports
that Wednesday marked the most sweltering point since the business hub's
meteorological records began 140 years ago, according to the city's
So far this summer, the city has had 33 days of
high temperatures, including 19 days with temperatures of 37 degrees Celsius or
above, and three days of temperatures higher than 40 degrees Celsius.
Weather forecasters said the hot weather will
continue in Shanghai, with temperatures of about 40 degrees Celsius on Thursday
Prolonged scorching weather has swept many parts
of east and central China. Heatstroke has left at least 10 people dead in
Shanghai. Central China's Hunan Province and southwestern Chongqing Municipality
have each reported three deaths from the condition.
Chinese meteorologists have attributed the
extremely hot weather to a number of factors, including strong, stable
subtropical high pressure, the absence of typhoons and global warming.
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